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Friday, November 20, 2020

synonym for harmful

pernicious

adjective [ per-nish-uhs ]

pernicious is another word for harmful

Something that is harmful causes or is capable of causing harm (no surprises there!). Something that is pernicious causes insidious harm or even ruin. This sneaky adjective describes things that are both highly destructive and not easy to detect—often because they develop or spread gradually or under the radar. The influence of a person or entity might be described as pernicious if it puts people or things in peril. Similarly, a pernicious myth is one that impairs understanding to the point of causing harm.

Commonly found as

pernicious effect
The study made visible the pernicious effects of discrimination in the workplace.
particularly pernicious
The leader's glib remarks about human rights were particularly pernicious; they signaled that such matters were not to be taken seriously.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

synonym for inclination

penchant

noun [ pen-chuhnt; French pahn-shahn ]

penchant is another word for inclination

An inclination is a liking or preference for something. The synonym penchant is more pronounced and enduring: a penchant is a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something. Penchant is more likely to be used in reference to broad preferences that shape behavior over time. For instance, if a person has a penchant for secrecy, it means they tend toward secrecy not just in an isolated circumstance, but in their conduct more generally. Inclination, on the other hand, may be used to refer to a circumstantial preference: the employee’s inclination was to stay working on the project he started, rather than switch to something new.

Commonly found as

given one's penchant for
Given her penchant for practical jokes, it was difficult to take her outlandish comments seriously.
penchant for secrecy
The manager’s penchant for secrecy got in the way of his employees' efforts toward greater transparency.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

synonym for condition

fettle

noun [ fet-l ]

fettle is another word for condition

The noun fettle is a somewhat old-fashioned way to refer to a person’s physical state or frame of mind. It’s almost always used in the positive with the descriptor fine: a person who is in fine fettle is feeling good and maybe even looking good, too. If you go looking for it, you may spot fettle in other sunny combinations, such as good fettle, excellent fettle, high fettle, and better fettle. Contrast that with the noun condition, which is indeed used to refer to a person’s state of health, but, in those uses, is more likely to be found alongside descriptors such as critical or poor.

Commonly found as

look in fine fettle
The older gentleman looked in fine fettle with good posture and impeccably coiffed hair.
put in fine fettle
Eating all the blueberry pancakes put them in fine fettle for a long day of skiing.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

synonym for talkative

loquacious

adjective [ loh-kwey-shuhs ]

loquacious is another word for talkative

Talkative is straightforward adjective that means exactly what it sounds like: inclined to talk a great deal. Talkative is for the most part neutral, though it skews a bit negative in use. The loftier adjective loquacious suggests more facility and ease: someone who is loquacious talks or tends to talk much or freely. Loquacious is sometimes found alongside positive descriptors such as witty or charismatic. But occasionally loquacious is used to describe someone whose words flow like wine—but of a variety that leaves you wishing for a cork!

Commonly found as

usually loquacious
When the home team's mascot tripped on a carelessly discarded bat, the usually loquacious baseball announcer was rendered speechless.
became loquacious
After a few minutes of answering questions, the artist found his voice and became quite loquacious, amusing the audience with tales of his work.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

synonym for problem

conundrum

noun [ kuh-nuhn-druhm ]

conundrum is another word for problem

A problem is a question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. A conundrum is a particularly puzzling or complex question or problem. In some cases, conundrum refers to a riddle that involves a pun or play on words (what is black and white and red all over? A newspaper!). However, nowadays conundrum more commonly refers to a riddle of the less literal variety. If you find yourself stumped in a perplexing situation—look out, you may be in a conundrum!

Commonly found as

moral conundrum
The documentarians found themselves in a moral conundrum; they weren’t sure whether to simply capture the scene or get involved in the situation.
face a conundrum
The radio host faced a conundrum: if he made his show less provocative, he'd lose ratings but perhaps gain credibility.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

synonym for pretend

feign

verb [ feyn ]

feign is another word for pretend

Pretend and feign both deal with attempting to create a false appearance. However, feign suggests a degree more sophistication in the art of deception. To feign interest in something is to represent your level of interest fictitiously. Unlike pretend, feign is not used to talk about playful make believe where all parties are privy to the pretense. On the contrary, feign is used in situations where one party aims to convince another of something untrue, as an emotional state or physical condition.

Commonly found as

feign ignorance
When asked if she had eaten the last cookie, she feigned ignorance and replied, “The cookies are gone?”
feign interest
He didn’t follow sports, but he feigned interest when coworkers talked to him about important or exciting games at the office.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

synonym for thoughtful

pensive

adjective [ pen-siv ]

pensive is another word for thoughtful

The adjective pensive means “dreamily or wistfully thoughtful.” Someone who is in a pensive mood may be given to contemplation or reflection. While thoughtfulness is central to the meaning of pensive, the word itself suggests more feeling than the adjective thoughtful—and it is not used to convey consideration for others in the same way that thoughtful sometimes is. The attention of someone who is pensive is directed inward rather than outward.

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pensive mood
The difficult conversations he’d had earlier in the day put him in a pensive mood.
look pensive
She looked pensive as she leafed through the photo album, reflecting on quality time spent with her family.

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